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“Amazing”

Church of the Transfiguration
Ranked #8 of 45 things to do in Orleans
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Church of the Transfiguration is the center of Community of Jesus - an ecumenical Benedictine monastic community located at Rock Harbor on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. The Community follows a daily rhythm of prayer including Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours (sung in Gregorian chant). Constructed of Minnesota limestone, and designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, the Church of the Transfiguration is a contemporary expression of an ancient 4th century style of architecture, and recounts the story of salvation through mosaic and fresco images, bronze, glass, and stone sculpture. The organ is a restoration and expansion of pipework from twelve organs built by the E.M. Skinner Organ Company in the early 20th century. Sunday Eucharist -- 10:00 Weekday Vespers -- 5:30pm Saturday Choral Evensong or Vespers -- 5:15pm TOURS -- Monday - Saturday at 3:00pm Organ demonstrations -- Fridays at 3:30pm Priory Books & Gifts -- Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm(Wednesdays the Church is closed)
Reviewed 24 August 2012

We made two visits here, one for Sunday mass, and one for a tour of the church. Both were outstanding in every dimension. The members of the community were uniformly welcoming, knowledgeable, and solicitous. The church itself is beautiful, the service moving, and the bookstore absorbing. The tour added another degree of delight to the experience. This was truly one of the highlights of vacation on Cape Cod.

5  Thank merjane
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

This is not simply a church, it's a great, ecumenical community of brothers and nuns who've been living and working together since the late 60's. They have adorned their church with SENSATIONAL mosaics and frescoes. Make sure to have a friendly member of the community take you around to explain the stories behind all the art -- both the religious stories and the community history & joint effort that went into the design and execution. We will return again and again.

7  Thank jaseaton
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

The hidden gem is worth a visit on Rock Harbor in Orleans. The art and mosaics in the church are worth seeing. There is a related bookstore on site too.

2  Thank BCalumna
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

I wasn't there for a church service but was part of a tour to see the property, It is special. The church is absolutely amazing.

3  Thank elsiesgirl
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Visit the Church for the love of art alone...it is remarkable. You will be shown around with no pressure what so ever to get involved in the church. It is so beautiful and really worthwhile a visit.

2  Thank CapeCodPolly
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